I've been really busy lately and haven't been able to keep up on everyone's blogs- I apologize! There was a lot going on this week. Mostly all pretty stressful and tiring. But I'm hoping this pattern changes soon and I get back on track. Tonight we're celebrating my dad's 50th birthday by dining out. I will catch up with everyone soon!
Until then I'll leave you with a photo of my spoiled little lovie snuggled up on the couch on a nice comfy blanket.
It's been forever since I asked Rox, "Wanna go for a walk?!" It's just been TOO cold. I got home from work early today and it was much warmer outside then it has been for awhile. So I decided it was a good idea. Besides, I needed to clear my head anyway.
Of course .2 seconds after I asked Roxy her favorite question she was sitting next to the entryway dresser where her leash resides. So off we went.
Walking is like therapy. There's nothing better than letting go of all that stress and getting fresh air.
And today I needed it.
Roxy is the perfect companion to bring along. Although there are times where I'm tugging the leash :)
I began wishing it were Spring already, oh how I miss our walks.
But then again, I'd rather not wish my life away.
So I'm just going to be happy for today.
It's all that really matters anyway.
I have to say this weeks scavenger hunt's prompts were a bit challenging! I had ideas for a few that just didn't work out. And it's been SO cold outside that I'm feeling a little unmotivated...inside shots are definitely harder to capture! But here's what I came up with anyway...
Memories- We did a sand ceremony at our wedding! This is the bottle we mixed our sands into.
Silhouette- An archive. In New York (Little Italy) with hubby and our friends!
I'm also adding this one. It's not a great silhouette but it's what Hub & I did this weekend- went to a college basketball game!
Doorway- For birds :)
Reflection- Typical car mirror shot while Hub was getting his hair cut.
Silver- Our front door.
At The Paper Mama the challenge is 'friends'. This is from one of my nephew's third birthday party. Two on the left are my nephew's. On the right is their friend. How cute are they?!
After much debate on this one and another I made my final decision based upon what I would use most. Originally I wanted my next lens to be a zoom lens. But I realized how rarely I would use a zoom. So that will come at a later date (along with my growing wants list). For now I'm enjoying being able to take much more fast, clear, and crisp photos even in lower light situations. Not to mention the depth of field is awesome, and the price for it's ability is superb!
Anyway, I wanted to post my Touch Up Tuesday photo. I took it this morning. We had an ice storm that left behind weighted down trees, slick roads and sidewalks, and icicles. Joy. I managed to get a quick shot of the icicles hanging off our bench before running off to work .
My Touch Up:
Cropped. Adjusted Layers. Up'd the brightness (+15) & contrast (+30) Brightened the white using color replacement. Used high pass filter with soft blending mode of 35% opacity. Ran P&W's B&W Beauty. Adjusted the B&W down to 65% opacity and the bump to 60%. Used unsharp mask at 29% opacity.
I think I like it. I could do a million edits and I'm sure one would turn out better but that's all I have time for this evening so I'll stick with it :)
One of my first pictures with the new lens! I'm loving it. And I figured out the glitch of why my pictures would not show in Internet Explorer. There shouldn't be any more problems. Thanks for letting me know!
UPDATE: I have no idea why my pictures aren't showing up in Internet Explorer. I work through Google Chrome but I've never had this problem before. Anyone have any ideas why this is happening?! Thanks! FIXED!
For this week's scavenger hunt I decided to do it Roxy style. She's my main victim subject anyway :) Lately I've been slightly unmotivated to pick up my camera but that will change tomorrow when my beautiful new lens arrives so stay tuned!
A different view
Looking up -from the archives
Abstract- Not really abstract but I didn't have one for this prompt and I had to put this picture in somewhere!
Hair-Oh she's going to kill me for this one! ;) She HATES baths, can't you tell by her expression?! Haha poor girl. She got a nice trim after this!
It's Friday! Time to unwind and kick up our feet! We have no real plans this weekend and I can say I am happy about that. It's been a slightly stressful week at work and I'm ready to relax and spend time with the hub. Though we don't have a three day weekend like many I'm still thankful to have two full days of being a home-body.
(I can't remember my steps to this edit but a texture was added and I believe I used one of PW's actions. Sorry I did this a couple days ago!)
Posting this picture again to enter into LEM's photo challenge: Cold.